Instructional Services for Families FAQs
Here are some commonly asked questions we receive regarding our courses for families and the answers to those questions. If you don’t see your questions answered here, feel free to fill out our contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you describe the course?
Our courses are similar to a textbook as they are aligned to state standards and offer full units with lessons, activities, and questions. However, because courses are online, they include interactive features such as diagrams, videos, slideshows, flashcards, threaded discussions, and a test your knowledge section prior to taking a quiz. These interactive features promote active student engagement while decreasing passive learning. A teacher is required for the course as many activities require grading (although the assessments are auto-graded). Teachers are equipped with answer keys, rubrics, a pacing guide, and other resources and materials to help them teach the course.
Is the course teacher or student led?
The course is teacher-led; however, students are permitted to move at their own pace. For example, lessons contain narrative, informational content, images that promote information processing, and often include short 2-3 minute videos in which students can watch, pause, or rewind as often as needed.
What is the price of the course(s)?
We are the course curriculum publisher, but we do not sell directly to consumers, so prices vary from our providers. Many school districts offer the courses through their school virtual program, so you may wish to reach out to your local district and find out if they offer our courses or are willing to. Going through a school district’s virtual program will often enable you to take the courses at no cost. If they don’t offer our courses, you may contact one of our providers.
How long is the course? A Quarter? A Semester?
Our courses are either a semester-long or a year-long in length. However, they can also be completed in an after school or summer program at a shorter or longer pace. Typically, if you see an A or B at the end of the course title, then you know that it is a semester-long course. For example, Culinary Arts has 1a: Introduction and 1b: Finding your Palate. Each one is a semester-long course, and they go together for a year-long program.
Which courses lead to a licensure?
Our Career Ready Program courses provide students with the theoretical knowledge to take industry-recognized certification exams. If you view our course catalog, you’ll notice at the bottom of the course image that some are labeled in purple “Career Ready”. Our Career Ready courses are offered in the following career clusters: IT, Health Science, and Business and Marketing & Administration.
How many credits are courses worth?
As a course curriculum publisher, we do not assign credits to course. If you enrol through a school district’s virtual program, that district would determine the number of credits for each course.
How do I sign up?
We are the publisher of the courses, but we do not sell them. Many school districts offer the courses through their school virtual program, so you may wish to reach out to them and find out if they offer our courses or are willing to. If not, you may contact one of our resellers.
Is there a textbook?
Our courses can be a replacement for a textbook. They are aligned to state standards and offer full units with lessons, activities, and questions. However, because courses are online, they include interactive features such as assessments, diagrams, videos, slideshows, flashcards, threaded discussions, and a test your knowledge section prior to taking a quiz.
Is there a placement test?
We are the courseware publisher, so you would need to check with the provider to find out if they require a placement test.
How do your courses work? Are students sent log in information and lessons, or will they have to meet with an instructor?
We are the course publisher, but we do not provide the teaching services for homeschool families. Most families work with their local school district to access the courseware. You may wish to reach out to your local school district to find out if they offer our courses or be willing to for your child. Our courses work online, and students are given a web URL to login with a username and password to access the course. The course provider will assign a licensed instructor to guide, monitor, and grade your child’s work. Students have access to their teacher and can typically email, phone, or zoom with their instructor.
Are there prerequisites for the courses?
In many cases, our courses are part of a series in a subject area or career cluster. For example, in Marketing, we offer Marketing 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b. Students would want to take the courses in this order to ensure they have prior knowledge needed before jumping into the next consecutive course. However, if they have already taken a similar Marketing 1a/b course, then the Marketing 2a or 2b course could be suitable.
Do you have demo lessons?
Our courses have a consistent design and organization of materials, making it simple for students to get familiar with our courses and navigate them easily. To get familiar with how they are designed and structured, please watch our Course Instructional Framework video to see how. Additionally, you can dive into each course outline unit-by-unit on our course catalog web page to discover what is covered in each course. Simply click on the course image, scroll down to the Units at a Glance section, and click the – and + buttons to open and expand the unit summaries.
How do I purchase courses for my children if we are already working with a school district?
If you have pricing questions or want to know if certain eDynamic Learning courses are offered at the district you are working with, please contact them directly.
When does the course start?
The course start time depends on the school or provider. Since we are only the courseware publisher, you would need to check with the provider to find when your child would begin the course.
Can I get a copy of the course syllabus?
If you visit our course catalog web page, you can dive into the course outline for each course unit-by-unit to discover what is covered in each course. Simply click on the course image, scroll down to the Units at a Glance section, and click the – and + buttons to open and expand the unit summaries.
What courses do you offer and what grade level do they support?
We offer over 150 courses in our catalog today, with many more currently in development. They are designed for students in middle and high school. If they are middle school courses, they will say “Middle School” in the title. Any course that does not have “Middle School” in the title is appropriate for high school. However, some high school level courses are often taken by middle school students in advanced classes. Some providers, or school districts, offer only some of our courses, so be sure to ask them if they offer a course you are interested in providing to your child.
What materials are required for each course?
You can find a list of the required materials for any course by visiting our Technical & Accessibility Specifications webpage.